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17th October 2017 19:30
JIMMY LEE: COMPOSER...SINGER/SONGWRITER... POET
From a childhood of hardship and loneliness, music was Jimmy Lee's salvation. In school and church choirs, he discovered displays of emotion were not seen as signs of weakness, so music and his abiding faith were to become, and still are, his life! His 'life stories' are portrayed in his newly produced and highly entertaining stage show, ‘The Runaway’, complete with narrative and projected images.
He was born in a remote farming community in Sussex. His father was drafted in '42, leaving his mother destitute, with four children. She abandoned him, the youngest, on a train with a note, 'please take care of me. My name Is John'. They didn't see each other until 42 years later.
He was put in care at 4 and by the age of 9, had lived in 10 homes and gone to 9 schools. At 14, he ran away to join the Royal Navy and was sent to the notorious HMS Ganges training establishment at Shotley in Suffolk. With his emerging free spirit, he fought back against brutal hardships, including detentions, 'cuts', solitary confinements, and a twelve month detention in the HM Military Prison. There's lots more to follow. What was this mysterious Englishman, blending in with the local community, doing in the west of Ireland? Why was he arrested and interrogated?
The early seventies saw Jimmy's unique interpretation of folk and country blended into what is now known as ' Americana '. He was hounded out of some folk clubs as a ' country music heretic ' and only slightly less welcome in the country venues but his love affair with 'Americana' continued and drew him to perform in his spiritual home in the bars, beer joints and ' honkytonks' of the USA's Mid West . They loved his distinctive voice and unholy fusion of country/folk.
The discovery of the 'White Mansions' album gave Jimmy the focus he'd always wanted. Creative meetings with Derek Green (head of A&M), Glynn Johns (Beatles and Stones producer) and Mansions writer Paul Kennerley (Emmylou's other half) followed and led to Jim and his band taking the album to the States as 'The White Mansions Stage Show'. It toured for a year, ending in Nashville.
His first single from the project ‘Save Your Confederate Money' hit the ground running in the southern States and crashing the Billboard Charts. Unfortunately, Jim's Nashville publishers, holding a six figure cheque for his first royalties, disappeared overnight and Jim's career was stalled! Jim did one more US gig, but then returned to England where his final gig was topping the bill at Wembley in Mervin Conn's fabled Country Music Festival.
Jim turned his back on a promising music career and bought a forest near his home town, where he and his family created a small but successful sporting estate, entertaining 'blue chip' companies with riding, shooting and fishing but he missed his music.
That's when Jimmy formed the Blue Coconut Music Club. For 20 years, it's provided music and magic for such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Ralph McTell, The Pretty Things, Richard O'Brien (rocky horror), Carolyn Hester (Dylan's muse and harmony partner) and many others. Matched with the world's widest range of patrons, Lords, Ladies, Villains, The Floyd, Genesis, the good the great and the damned.
But it was now time to start composing his own lyrics and music that would reflect a life full of twists and turns, adventures and powerful emotions that run deep. His first Album, ‘The Ragamuffin' is still receiving great reviews and airtime. The opening track ‘Lucy Cartwright' is proving a popular song for performers and audiences throughout the club scene. Most of his songs are autobiographical. His second, ' The Runaway ' is impossible to pigeon hole, moving from ballads to instrumentals, folk- rock and more. 'Hardman' is unforgettable and says a lot about this enigmatic singer songwriter.
To bring his music to life Jimmy's added some of the finest musicians, to form 'The Edge of Chaos Orchestra' combining classical and traditional instruments. His classical compositions were recently arranged for a full symphony orchestra, performed by 'The Guards Chapel Orchestra' in London and recorded by Abbey Road Studios.
Jimmy's recent gigs have been at various music clubs and theatres in Glasgow, Dublin and London. His fourth and latest album, ‘The Empty Room’, confirms his place as one of our most talented and creative composers, poet, singer/songwriters. Come and listen to this man. You won't regret it!
"He's compelling. 'The Runaway' is one of those rare artistic ventures that convinces with its integrity and uncompromising honesty. (Netrythms Album Review, David Kidman),
"...unforgettable night as solo or with .. Edge of Chaos Orchestra.. "(Una and Colin Reading Folk Club),
"two standing ovations!" (‘Wee Club’ Edinburgh, and ‘Sail Loft’ Portsoy - Pete Heywood 'Living Tradition Magazine).
"NOT to be missed!" (Jackie Payne Woodies Folk Club),
"Jimmy Lee won our hearts with fantastic music!" (Kenny Higgins Strathyre Music Festival),
"...his ‘Runaway’ show.... Brilliant!" (Martin Wardrop Dunfermline Folk Club),
"Jimmy stole the evening!" (Chesham Folk Club - Bob Templeman),
"Highlight of the festival at The Village Pump Festival" (Pete Grogan Dublin City FM),
"This composer and his musicians sail through an eclectic repertoire of original music from ballads, instrumentals, folk-rock; great stories told in lyrics woven in beautiful melodies."(Frank Gutch Jnr., Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange),
"...demonstrating Jimmy Lee's exceptional talent" (RH Rightly),
"Receiving kudos beyond his wildest dreams." (Maverick Magazine),
"A balladeer that knows how to capture life in his songs." (Bournemouth Folk Club Review),
"One of our best evenings ever." (Royston Folk Club)..on
Time: 7:30pm (7.15 for 7.30 pm)
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